Storm Dennis: Minister says climate change means government can’t protect everyone from flooding

Posted: February 18, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, government, weather

Image credit: Newsyworld

Not sure where the 90 mph winds were supposed to be (the report says ‘parts of the UK’), but it has been blustery on and off for a few days. Enough for politicians to raise the spectre of ‘climate change’ once again, anyway. The video of an A380 Airbus making a hairy ‘crab’ landing at Heathrow, ending on the grass off the main runway, gives some indication of wind strength.

One reporter jokingly suggested watching the massive plane struggling to get on the ground could help climate campaigners, by putting people off flying altogether.
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Storm Dennis battered the UK with flooding, heavy rain and 90mph winds at the weekend.

A minister has said climate change means the government cannot protect every household from flooding, reports Yahoo News.

New environment minister George Eustice claimed the government had not been caught off-guard by the floods caused by Storm Dennis.

Dennis was the second major storm to hit the UK in a week, following the heavy rain, flooding and 90mph winds brought by Storm Ciara the previous weekend.

During a visit to York to discuss tackling flooding, Eustice told Sky News: “We’ve done a huge amount – we can’t do anything about these extreme weather events, but the steps we’ve taken have meant the impact of those weather events have affected fewer properties.”

But he added: “There is always more that can be done.

“We’ll never be able to protect every single household, just because of the nature of climate change and the fact that these weather events are becoming more extreme, but we’ve done everything that we can do with a significant sum of money, and there’s more to come.”

Parts of the UK were buffeted with winds of more than 90mph during Storm Dennis, while more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours in places.

Full article here.
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Flooding Exposes Folly of Misbalanced UK Climate Policies
Date: 18/02/20 Press Release, Global Warming Policy Forum

  1. oldbrew says:

    From the Telegraph…

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    Flooding Exposes Folly of Misbalanced UK Climate Policies
    Date: 18/02/20 Press Release, Global Warming Policy Forum

    London, 18 February: In view of the habitual failure of UK governments to prevent and alleviate significant flooding events, the Global Warming Policy Forum is calling for a radical rebalancing of adaptation and mitigation in the country’s climate change policies.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    I suggest that anyone wanting some “reality” goes over to Paul Homewood’s Not a lot of people know this forum and read some history.
    There are also many historical and knowledgable comments putting in to perspective the absolutely crap job current governments are doing to protect their people and how we seem to have lost 300 years of expertise in water management.

  3. ivan says:

    Maybe the minister and government could protect everyone from ‘climate change’ by repealing the Climate Change Act (2008) and dumping all the green slime coated rules and regulations. I know it won’t happen George Soros is paying them too much to drag the UK down and back into the EU.

    The country needs a modern Cromwell to clean out the garbage that has accumulated over the years in the government departments.

  4. hunterson7 says:

    When did government protect everyone from flooding?

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    Actually the A380 didn’t go into the grass, that’s a high speed taxiway that you can’t see because of the perspective of the person filming.

    [reply] post updated, thanks

  6. Dave Ward says:

    And what happened to using the rudder to remove the drift just before touch down? These days, it seems, pilots just let the undercarriage & tyres deal with the colossal twisting forces involved when landing with substantial drift angles. I hope none of them ever get behind the controls of a Taildragger and expect to be so sloppy. And before anyone says it can’t be done in a large jet:

  7. Dunc. says:

    Im still trying, not successfully so far, to get official data on sustained wind speeds and gusts from non storm Dennis. Its not even been very windy in Manchester, and its rained a bit.

  8. Chaswarnertoo says:

    The minister lies. No floods in Holland, same weather.

  9. oldbrew says:

    “Insignificant effect of Arctic amplification on the amplitude of midlatitude atmospheric waves”
    Science Advances (2020).

    ‘The results, the scientists say, strongly suggest that the observed and simulated link between jet stream “waviness” and Arctic temperatures do not represent a causal effect of Arctic amplification on the jet stream.’

  10. oldbrew says:

    Extinction Rebellion tells Queen: ‘One should not drive an SUV’
    Friday 21 February 2020

    Environmental activists have sent a ‘parking ticket’ to the Queen to suggest she should perhaps swap her Range Rover for a more environmentally-friendly vehicle
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    She’s already got one…

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